The Most Common Age For Using a Deed Poll

A 2021 survey conducted by the UK Deed Poll Service found that those between the ages of 25 and 34 are the most likely to use a deed poll to change their name. In 2021, this age group comprised 37.9% of all deed polls conducted.

Read on to find out more about the most common age for someone to change their name.

Deciding Young

It is perhaps no surprise that younger people are more likely to change their name with a deed poll – after all, if you want to change your name, you will not want to wait until you are older. Once you become an adult and find yourself, you may realise that your name is unsuitable. This could be due to a family situation, your gender identity or simply down to you not liking your name. 

Other age ranges in which name changes were common

  • 16 to 24 – 20.2%
  • 35 to 44 years old – 18.8%
  • 45 to 54: 11%
  • 55 to 64 – 6.8%
  • 65 and over – 5.3% 

Reasons For Name Change

Though there are many other causes for name changes, the following are some of the most frequent ones:

  • Gender transition – people who were changing their names to fit their gender identification were the subject of 17.5% of deed polls.
  • Divorce or separation – People wishing to change their names to reflect a new marital status were the recipients of 14.4% of deed polls.
  • A wish for a new identity – People who merely wanted to change their names for personal reasons accounted for 13.7% of deed poll respondents.
  • Adoption of ancestral surname – 8.3% of respondents to deed surveys stated they were taking on an ancestral surname.
  • Religious conversion – 4.2% of those who changed their names to match their religion were the subjects of deed polls.

In Summary

It is important to note that different countries may have different average ages for name changes. Nonetheless, the research indicates that young persons and adults in their mid-career are the most likely to alter their names.

If you are considering changing your name, you must consider how it will impact your life, career and future plans. The most important thing is that you are comfortable with the name you choose.

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